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Posted May 25, 2016

We have all had a time or two when we’ve accidentally bitten on our tongue while eating food or chewing gum. While this can often cause a nip of pain, it rarely leads to any significant injury. However, there are some rare instances when a fall, blow to the face, or other accident can cause a more significant tongue injury.

Even if you are in pain and distress, you need to keep a level head. Lifepoint Dental Partners offer some basic first aid considerations to help you manage a tongue injury.

You can use lukewarm salt water to rinse away any blood or debris lingering in your mouth. This can also help soothe injured tissues. You shouldn’t use antiseptic mouthwash as it can easily irritate the tongue injury. If your tongue is bleeding excessively, you shouldn’t swallow the blood as this can upset your stomach.

If the injury to your tongue is severe you should consider going straight to the emergency room or urgent care facility.

If your tongue is bleeding, you can wrap it in a few layers of sterile gauze and apply light pressure. If you can’t easily hold the gauze with fingers, you could try pressing your tongue to the roof of your mouth.

If, after 20 minutes, the bleeding persists or you feel that the pain is getting worse, you should strongly consider going the emergency room or urgent care to have the wound professionally treated.

If you have questions about the best way to deal with an injured tongue you can call Lifepoint Dental Partners at 515.965.5999 for more information.

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